During 2010-2014, The European Community of Practice on Gender Mainstreaming (Gender-CoP) was a community dedicated to integrating the gender dimension into the European Social Fund (ESF) programmes (2014-2020) in relation to the EU-2020 targets.
ESF, or the ten-ten-ten fund (10% of the EU budget, €10 billion each year, helping 10 million Europeans annually), plays a key role in fulfilling the vision of a society that offers women and men equal opportunities.
The aim of the Gender-CoP was to integrate gender mainstreaming into ESF management in order to improve ESF management and the possibilities to reach gender equality objectives set by the EU, national governments and the Managing Authorities.
On December 10, 2014, the European Commission announced the recommendtion to all EU member states to use the The European STANDARD on Gender Mainstreaming in the ESF, a tool developed by the GenderCoP. Through using the STANDARD, the EU member states have a tool that can guide them in turning Gender Mainstreaming into an integral part of future ESF management – from planning, programming, implementing to monitoring and evaluation.